EAHN Business Meeting, Haifa 2014 – Final Program

Annual Business Meeting 2014, 27 February – 2 March 2014

Hosted by the Architectural Heritage Research Center (AHRC) in the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, Technion, Haifa, and venues of participating NGOs. This meeting will be an opportunity for architecture historians to meet with local communities and decision makers and will make historical research accessible to a wider audience.

All members welcome! If you would like to attend, please contact the EAHN Office at office@eahn.org before January 10th, 2014

The meeting will include a symposium centered around the architectural historiography of cities in conflict. How do situations of sociopolitical conflict affect the way in which we conduct research in architectural history? How does the temporality of spatial conditions influence our historiographical methodologies? What is the role of architectural history in a context of conflict in the contemporary disciplinary discourse? This discussion will move beyond the ‘ivory tower’ of academia toward the city and its communities, working with NGO’s and scholars of Arab cities under Israeli rule.
The emphasis of the meeting will be on the city of Haifa as a heterogeneous city challenged by its past. Its short history as a mixed city, mainly under the British Mandate (as opposed to the current condition of majority and minority) demonstrated a supranational horizon. During this period, Haifa operated as a gate of the British Empire to the Middle East and as a crossroads of development projects such as the seaport, the railroads and the oil industry. Ever since, the city is shared by members of different communities- Israeli Jews, Palestinian Arabs, Christians, Muslims, and others- who are consistently entangled in the overarching dynamics of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Today, with a Jewish majority and calm yet unbalanced co-existence, Haifa presents an opportunity to discuss architectural history in conflict, and its role in challenging the political boundaries of a mixed city and the civic responsibility toward its citizens. We hope that the academic meetings will encourage joint research that can challenge our understanding of urban citizenship. We aim to develop a discussion around the writingof architectural history and reach a condition in which history urges us to investigate questions of change and heterogeneity.

Meetings and Symposium Program

Thursday | February 27, 2014
14.00 – 18.00 Student Workshops on site in the city of Haifa
18.00 Welcome followed by an opening lecture and dinner
Friday | February 28, 2014
10.00 – 13.00 Symposium “History in Conflict” at the Technion Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning
13.00 – 13.30 Lunch break
13.30 – 14.00 Informal meeting with coffee/tea
14.00 – 19.00 Sub-Meeting Committee at the Technion historical building in Haifa’s Hadar neighborhood
19.00 – 20.00 Dinner
Saturday | 1 March 2014
10.00 – 13.00 Board Meeting Committee at the Technion historical building in Haifa’s Hadar neighborhood
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

Suggested Excursions Program

Friday | 28 February 2014
14.00 – 17.00 Guided tour in Haifa
Saturday| 1 March 2014
14.00 – 18.00 Guided tour in Acre
Sunday | 2 March 2014
09.30 – 18.30 Guided tour in Jerusalem


Traveling to Israel is possible via direct flights to Ben Gurion Airport. From the airport to Haifa there is a direct ride by train that takes about one hour. There are three stops in Haifa and we will help you decide which one to take once we know everyone’s accommodation. From there you can take public transportation (bus, taxi), or a shuttle that we will organize from Hof Ha-Carmel station to the campus.


These are some suggestions, all at Haifa (special rates for Technion guests, valid – 31 December 2013):
Dan Carmel Hotel $170-215
Dan Panorama Hotel $150-175
Dan Gardens Hotel  $85-100
The Colony Hotel.  Unique Boutique Hotel situated in a unique preserved 104-year-old building. The hotel is located only 300m from the world famous Baha’i Gardens which in July 2008 were inscribed as one of the World Heritage Cultural sites by UNESCO. Buffet Breakfast included
1926 hotel.  Apartment hotel, located in downtown Haifa. Each apartment has a fully equipped kitchen, air con, TV and free wi-fi. $70-83.
Bay-Club Hotel.  Located in a renovated building. The hotel offers free wi-fi and a gym. $113-130

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